“Dallas” not Ambergris Caye, Belize.

Up nice and early this morning at 4.45 am . Pleased with this because there were just one or two things that I needed to take care of before we headed off to Dallas.

Had to be a little more conscious of my noise levels though because our friends Jane and Brian are staying at our rented condo. Not that I don’t try to keep quiet for Rose but …

I had organised the last element of our travel arrangements on Sunday when I booked our flights from/to the island with Tropic Air. I had a credit note from a previously unused flight and got a ten percent discount so the tickets for Rose and I came in at US$103.45 each. Nearly two and half times what we are paying to get to/from Dallas!

With the tasks taken care of I headed off to Estel’s ( yes again) for a hearty breakfast – my last one there for a couple of weeks – to set myself up for the day because with the connection times we have it might be difficult to have a decent meal on the way.

Just before 1 pm we said goodbye to Jane and Brian and drove our golf cart to our friend’s house for safekeeping ( neither Jane or Brian drive or we would have left it with them). He took us to Tropic Air and we got there at 1.20 for the 2 pm flight.

For those of you who have never been to Ambergris Caye below is a photo of Tropic Air’s relatively new check-in desk.


A seventeen minute flight – although to Rose who has a dread of flying it seemed like an hour – and we landed at Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport. A quick intake of Belize air outside the airport.


and through customs for our last rum punch for a while at Jet’s Bar


and we were on our way.

No problems with our two flights but we did experience a severe delay when we arrived at Dallas airport when we were kept waiting for over 80 minutes for the airport shuttle. After repeated calls we eventually gave up and took a taxi and eventually got to the hotel – in not too good a mood – just minutes before 1 am.

After berating the Night Manager we got to our (which actually is OK) room and logged in to the Internet to get our karma back by looking at the photos that Daniel Camal, our building contractor, had sent us of our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize. And here they are:


Forms being removed from the western (lagoon) side of the Second Floor.


Start of the veranda wall on the southern side of the house.


Veranda wall starts on the eastern side of the house.


Rebar frames for the columns in place and the forms for them start to be fitted.

Looking at the photos that Daniel sends is nowhere near the same as going to our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize ourselves. But for the next two weeks we are just going to have to get used to it.

Apologies for the late publication of this edition but by the time we got to the hotel early this morning the only thing on my mind was bed.

The headline is based on the 1991 single co-written and sung by Alan Jackson. It reached number one on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks chart.


  1. Fred says:

    John, remember to drive on the right hand side of the road. I know you have had some practice with your golf cart.

    1. Hope that these are not famous last words Fred, but I think driving the golf cart on the right on Ambergris Caye has got me acclimatised. Well, I truly hope so anyway. Regards John

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